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Calvin College    
 
    
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog
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BIOL 332 - Plant Physiology

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SP, alternate years. How efficient are plants in converting light energy to chemical energy? How closely is the global food supply tied to energy or fresh water supplies? How do plants complete with other plants, animals, pathogens, or survive climate extremes when they are rooted in place? This course relates the form and function of plants across a continuum from the physiological to the ecological, from the perspective of an individual plant and that of a plant canopy. We will discover the unique ways in which plants respond to environmental stressors like water deficits or excesses, or by producing an astounding variety of strange chemicals or structures to fight pathogens and herbivores. Emphasis will be placed on how humans can use plants to produce food using agroecological methods, to address food production capacity in impoverished areas, to sequester atmospheric carbon, or to restore contaminated land areas. Students will use instruments and methods to evaluate physiological plant functions and then conduct independent investigations using those tools. Lectures and laboratories. Prerequisites: BIOL 161 (or BIOL 141) and BIOL 230, CHEM 253 (or CHEM 261 and CHEM 262). Not offered 2017-2018.



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